Shoppers walk near a Christmas tree in China.  Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg

Yuletide emerging as a part of the retail calendar

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  The social network has been blocked in China since 2009. Photograph: Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg

Mark Zuckerberg meets Lu Wei as part of firm’s drive to break into China

According to Washington-based Global Financial Integrity, capital leaving China illegally hit $249.57 billion (€202.2 billion) in 2012.

More than €1 trillion has left China illegally over 10 years

Wilson Architecture’s design for  Qilu Pharmaceutical Company’s  new greenfield biopharma campus in Jinan

‘The rapidly expanding pharmaceutical sector in China offers huge potential’

 Jack Ma:  founder and executive chairman of Alibaba and  recently named Asia’s richest man. Photograph: Daniel J. Groshong/Bloomberg

Xi Jinping, Huawei and Alibaba among big names to the fore during state visit

President Michael Higgins with Chinese premier Li Keqiang in  Beijing in  December  during a  state visit to China. Photograph:  Greg Baker-Pool/Getty

Companies warned not to come in for quick buck but to commit to market

A file image of a screen  grab taken from  video footage shows people  trying to escape flood water by clinging on to a building on the east coast of Sri Lanka on December 26th, 2004.

Irish Times reporter in region recalls destruction caused by December 26th tsunami

President Higgins with Jack Ma, chief executive of Alibaba. Photograph: Shane O’Neill / Fennell Photography

IDA explores ways to attract Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to set up operations in Ireland

President Michael D. Higgins and China’s president Xi Jinping  inspect honour guards inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

China is Ireland’s sixth most important market for food and drink exports, Higgins says

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